Are the services of a Naturopathic Physician covered by my health plan?
Naturopathic Physicians are regulated in Manitoba which allows for coverage by many private or work medical plans. Call your medical insurance plan to see if you have coverage for Naturopathic Physicians.
Can I go back to my regular activities after the shots?
I advise my patients to take a two day break from using the area that I’ve treated. Depending upon the activity, resuming use of the treated area can begin on the 3rd day.
Can I take my pain medicines with the treatment?
Tylenol can be taken during treatment, but NSAIDs including Advil, ibuprofen, naproxen should not be taken due to interference with prolotherapy’s stimulation of inflammation.
How are Naturopathic Physicians licensed?
Just like traditional doctors, naturapathic physicians are licensed by the provincial government and their regulatory body. In Manitoba this organization is called the Manitoba Naturopathic Association(MNA).
How many treatments will I need?
This varies according to patient response. The therapy stimulates the body’s own healing process and each of us will respond differently. Knees are fastest to respond and often 4 to 8 treatments are needed. I have a few patients with knee problems who have only had 1 or 2 and needed no further treatment. Hips and shoulders usually take longer to repair, often between 6 to 10 treatments, although relief can often be felt immediately. Other areas typically require 6 to 8 treatments.
How often are treatments done?
The treatments are done every one to four weeks.
Is Naturopathic Medicine Safe?
Naturopathy uses natural medicines and gentle, non-invasive treatments. It is a regulated alternative profession in Manitoba which has an act overseen by the legislature. Naturopathic Medicines have been used for centuries safely and effectively. Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are knowledgeable about contraindications between naturopathic remedies and conventional medicines. NDs work together with other health care practitioners when appropriate.
Is Naturopathic Medicine Scientific?
Hundreds of modern clinical studies have validated natural medicines used by NDs. Journals, such as the Alternative Medicine Review, publish new studies regarding natural medicines that is indexed on Medline, the world’s largest database of medical abstracts. Naturopathic schools also facilitate evidence-based research often in conjunction with conventional medical institutions. Studies conducted at Naturopathic Colleges have already verified the effectiveness of nutrition and the treatment of arthritis, homeopathy and the treatment of allergic rhinitis and herbal medicine and the treatment of menopausal symptoms.
Is this the same as cortisone shots?
Cortisone shots use a strong anti-inflammatory drug to promote pain relief. They do work for some patients but the treatment is not curative as many have to return for more shots when the pain returns. Cortisone has poor long-term consequences as it weakens tendons and ligaments in the area. Contaminated cortisone shots in the summer and fall of 2012 caused meningitis in patients receiving them causing at least 14 deaths and affecting a possible 14,000 others. A much more reasonable non-surgical pain treatment option is prolotherapy which uses dextrose to relieve pain. It strengthens ligaments, tendons and joint surfaces, thus getting to the cause of pain and very often no more treatments are needed. Side-effects are extremely rare. Pain reduction can be permanent with prolotherapy with patients returning only when they’ve reinjured the area.
What is the cost of treatment?
Cost depends on time spent for treatment and what solutions are used. Prices range from $99 per treatment to $300 per treatment for prolotherapy, prolozone or neural prolotherapy, which I often use together.
What is its success rate?
I find about 80% of my patients with pain respond to prolotherapy. This is correlated in various prolotherapy studies.
What Kinds Of Health Problems Are Commonly Treated by NDs?
Virtually all chronic and acute conditions may benefit from Naturopathic Medicine. People of all ages can be helped. Dr. Ceaser treats many health concerns including, but not limited to:
- Chronic Illness
- Asthma, Allergies and Environmental Illness
- Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, chronic pain
- Hypertension, Atherosclerosis, Heart Problems
- IBS and chronic digestive problems
- Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis
- Eczema, Psoriasis and other skin conditions
- Cystisis, Prostatitis, Impotence
- Cancer, Diabetes, Hypoglycemia
- Hypothyroidism Women’s Conditions
- Menopausal Problems
- PMS, Menstrual Disorders
- Fibrocystic Breast Disease
- Endometriosis, Uterine Fibroids
- Osteoporosis Acute Conditions
- Colds and Flu, Sinusitis
- Ear and Throat Infection
- Headaches and migraines
- Intestinal Upsets Other
- Anxiety, Depression
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Hyperactivity and Behavioral Problems
- Sports injuries
- Weight loss
Where can the injections be done?
Prolotherapy can be performed on almost any joint, ligament or tendon including; lower back, knees, hips, shoulders, ankles, jaw, neck, mid-back, ribs, elbows, wrists, fingers, pubic bone, SI joint, sacrum, toes and the feet.
Will the injections hurt?
For most patients, the injections themselves do not hurt. Soreness can be experienced afterward for hours to a couple of days typically at the injection sites. This is due to inflammation that causes white blood cells and platelets to produce growth factor to repair damaged tendons and ligaments.